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November 19, 2020, 12:15 PM

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming service launches in beta on iOS as a web app, bypassing Apple's App Store and letting iOS users play Fortnite  —  Nvidia joins Microsoft in bypassing Apple's App Store  —  Nvidia is joining its fellow cloud gaming providers in choosing to bypass Apple's App Store …
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Google says Stadia is coming to iOS as a Safari PWA within “several weeks”  —  Apple's tough enforcement of its App Store policies has led to a sad lack of a playable version of Google Stadia on iOS.  That is set to change very soon as public testing of a dedicated progressive web app …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says it has completed a global rollout of RCS and will start testing end-to-end encryption in Android Messages  —  In mid-2019, Google decided to take over and speed up the launch of RCS.  A little over 17 months later, Google announced today that it has completed a global rollout of RCS …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Sources: state and federal investigators are preparing to bring antitrust charges against Facebook for buying rivals Instagram and WhatsApp  —  State and federal investigators are preparing to bring antitrust charges against Facebook that will challenge the tech giant's acquisition of two rivals …
Sebastiaan de With / Halide:
iPhone 12 Pro Max's camera achieves images of quality previously only seen in dedicated cameras that have sensors four times its size  —  At Halide HQ, we've been busily working away on a very deep, technical analysis of what's new in iPhone 12 cameras this year.  All four of 'em.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The M1 Macs are astonishingly good and Rosetta is the exemplification of “it just works”, but the iOS app experience ranges from terrible to OK, at best  —  Better necessarily implies different.  —  That's one of my favorite axioms.  It's both intuitively and undeniably true.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube says channels of all sizes may now see ads on them, though only creators big enough to qualify for its Partner Program will be paid any ad revenue  —  The company is rolling it out on a ‘limited number of videos’  —  Starting today, YouTube will begin running ads on some creators' videos …
Eric Geller / Politico:
CISA is now being led by 15-year DHS veteran Brandon Wales; source says Wales wants to keep operating CISA's Rumor Control site, which debunked election misinfo  —  Five months before President Donald Trump fired him, federal cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs made a key addition to his leadership team …
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Mary Ann Azevedo / FinLedger:
Affirm files its draft S-1 for an IPO; in its fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, Affirm's revenue was $509.5M, up ~93% YoY, while net losses fell to $112.6M  —  Buy now, pay later innovator has over 6.2 million consumers on its network  —  Alternative payments provider Affirm Holdings …
Scott Zamost / NBC News:
Criminals launder COVID-19 relief money through Venmo, Cash App, PayPal and other apps; so far 80 have been charged with trying to steal $240M+ from the PPP  —  Criminals are laundering illegally obtained funds meant for Covid-19 relief through the most popular apps for legally sending and receiving money …
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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Apple debuts a forked version of TensorFlow optimized for macOS, says it trains up to 7x faster on 13" MacBook Pro with M1 than 2020 Macbook Pro 13" with Intel  —  Google today released a new version of TensorFlow, its AI and machine learning development environment, optimized for Intel Macs and Macs powered by Apple's new M1 chip.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Forter, which uses AI to detect and prevent fraud in online retail transactions, raises $125M Series E at a valuation of more than $1.3B  —  Forter, an automated fraud detection platform for ecommerce, has raised $125 million in a series E round of funding valuing the company at more than $1.3 billion.
More: Forter
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google unveils major redesign for Google Pay for iOS and Android and partners with 11 banks to launch a mobile-first bank accounts service called Plex in 2021  —  Google is launching a major redesign of its Google Pay app on both Android and iOS today.  Like similar phone-based contactless …
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Over 200 Facebook contract moderators sign an open letter criticizing Facebook, Accenture, and CPL for ending WFH policies and call for better protections  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Facebook moderators forced back to the office raise alarms about Covid-19 protections.
Jake Bright / TechCrunch:
Chipper Cash, which provides cross-border payments services in Africa, raises $30M Series B led by Ribbit Capital, with participation from Bezos Expeditions  —  African cross-border fintech startup Chipper Cash has raised a $30 million Series B funding round led by Ribbit Capital with participation …

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